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Kale Chips

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One of my favorite healthy snacks to make at home and eat are these homemade kale chips. Kale is so healthy for your and I love preparing it in different ways, from raw in salads, in smoothies, and of course crispy crunchy kale chips.

Did you know that Kale is king of all the super healthy greens? It is one of the superfoods. It is loaded with all kinds of nutritional benefits. No wonder it makes such a great snack.

This homemade kale chips recipe is super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it!

What are the health benefits of kale?

Green fresh Kale growing.

I will only touch upon briefly some of the benefits of kale, to read this 10 Proven Benefits of Kale article for more awesome information.

  1. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense food in the world. It is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and many other things.
  2. Kale is loaded with antioxidants.
  3. Did you know kale contains more Vitamin C than even an orange? That is pretty awesome.
  4. Kale can help reduce cholesterol which in turn can help reduce the risk of getting heart disease.
  5. Kale can help reduce the risk of cancer.
  6. This is one weight-loss-friendly food as well.

These are just some of the many benefits of Kale, again read the above link for more in depth information about the health benefits of kale and kale chips.

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Bowl full of kale chips.

In order to make kale chips at home you need just three ingredients with some optional ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Additional optional toppings – Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, ranch popcorn seasonings, cheddar cheese powder, etc.

Tools

  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Cutting board
  • Tongs

Step 2: How to make kale chips at home

Man holding small pieces of kale above a table.

Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C.

Wash and dry the kale really well. The kale needs to be really dry. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to dry it, or allow it to air dry.

Remove the kale from the main stem that runs through the middle of each leaf. This is too bitter and hard to eat.

TIP: An easy way to remove the kale leaf from the stem is to hold the main stem and then grab the leaf and pull way from the other hand, sliding along the step, which will easily pull the leaves away from it.

Break the leaves into smaller pieces and place them flat onto a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Hand drizzling olive oil over the kale.

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the kale pieces, winds up being about a tablespoon or so. Then with clean hands mix everything together so they are evenly coated with oil and then spread them out again.

NOTE: You can also just do these steps in a large bowl first if you wanted to, then spread them out onto the pan after they have been coated with olive oil.

Pan full of homemade kale chips.

Place the pan in the oven, middle rack position, and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until they get nice and crispy. At the 7 minute mark use tongs or something and flip them over, to help ensure even baking.

Once they are done baking and are nice and crispy, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Add some salt and other flavorings if you like. Enjoy!

How long do kale chips last?

Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for a few days.

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Kale Chips

These healthy Kale chips are the perfect snack. They are super crispy too. If you like Kale give these a try!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, healthy, salty, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Bowl
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt just a pinch
  • Additional toppings parmesan cheese, garlic powder, ranch popcorn seasonings, etc.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. Rinse and dry the Kale really well.
  • Remove the Kale leaves from the stem and break them up into smaller pieces, about salad size. Place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over the kale and then mix them with clean hands so they get evenly coated with the oil. Sprinkle on some salt.
  • Bake the kale in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them over at about 7 to 8 minutes. They should be crispy when they are done. Remove them and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle on any seasonings that you may want, more salt, garlic powder, popcorn seasonings, etc. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Kale Chips - Healthy Snack - Vegan

Notes

List of nutritional facts for Kale chips

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The first time I tried kale chips in one of the restaurants in Slovakia, you reminded me of this yummy, I will need to cook one of these days. Thanks!

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